Laurence Kardish Retiring as Senior Curator of Museum of Modern Art Film Department

During his 44-year career with the New York City institution, he's organized hundreds of film exhibitions and special screenings.

Laurence Kardish is giving up his post as the Museum of Modern Art’s senior curator of the department of film after a 44-year career at the New York City institution, effective Oct. 15.

Kardish joined the museum as curatorial assistant in its film department in 1968 and steadily rose through the ranks. He was promoted to assistant curator in 1971, associate curator in 1977, curator in 1984, and senior curator in 1999. During his career at MoMA, he organized hundreds of film exhibitions and special screenings, established a number of important annual film series, and was responsible for coordinating more than 60 film exhibitions each year in the Museum's Roy and Niuta Titus Theaters.

Some of the more notable exhibitions he has organized for MoMA are: The Films of Shirley Clarke (1972), Raoul Walsh (1974), John Cassavetes: Filmmaker and Actor (1980), Satyajit Ray (1981), Cannes 45 Years: Festival international of Film (1992), Jean-Luc Godard: Son+Image (1992), Rainer Werner Fassbinder (1997), Alfred Hitchcock (1999), Luis Buñuel (2000), Critical Favorites: The New York Film Critics Circle at 75 (2009), and the upcoming Gaumont Thrillers: From Fantomas to A Gang Story, 1912 -2011 (August 2012).

Throughout his career Kardish has championed auteur filmmakers from around the globe and developed an expertise in German cinema of the Weimar era, American avant-garde cinema of the 1960s and '70s and French cinema from Louis Feuillade to Agnès Varda. He also has served since 1972 on the selection committee of the annual New Directors/New Films festival, co-organized with the Film Society of Lincoln Center.

"Larry has made a major impact on the appreciation and understanding of the moving image, especially for the generations of cinephiles and scholars who have been touched by his encyclopedic research and programming" said Rajendra Roy, the Celeste Bartos Chief Curator of Film at MoMA. "His broad knowledge of cinema history and his unwavering dedication to the art form have made him a pillar in the field. His work at MoMA will serve as an inspiration for many years to come." 

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